Yeah, I shouldn't have generalized. I've met only a couple of French people and they came off as extremely racist (even a black girl, go figure.) I had another friend who cancelled his study abroad there after a month or so because of the attitudes there (that may have been anti-american sentiment, I don't know for sure.) Of course these are anecdotal and don't represent the country as a whole so I shouldn't have said that.I agree with the bolded to a certain point. I believe the burqa symbolises the opression of women and to this end can not be compared with many other articles of clothing.
The underlined i agree with partially but not entirely because i think it dosn't miss the point but a lot more does need to be done. I don't personally agree with the way France are going about things but i do hope the move will spur other kinds of action, namely from groups/spokespeople of feminist women living in opressive conditions. It certainly has a lot of debates going already.
There are also a lot of French people who are not racist, i'm presuming the generalisation was aimed at the government.
My point was that using an oppressive law to target a visible symbol of a religion perceived as oppressive (whether or not it is is beside the point) is not going to do anything except harden said oppressive elements.